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O. Henry, Oh No!

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For more than 100 years, we all have enjoyed O. Henry’s short stories. No greater love exists than the love shown in The Gift of the Magi, in which a couple sells their most prized possession in order to buy Christmas gifts for each other.

The beautiful story came from a writer with a troubled past. O. Henry was born William Henry Porter in Greensboro, NC, and worked for a Texas bank as an adult. There he was charged with embezzlement, eventually fleeing to Honduras. He later returned and served five years in prison. Maybe prison solitude was his inspiration.

Ron Smith, S&A Communications

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